Villalba, Puerto Rico

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Villalba, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Villalba, Puerto Rico
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Nickname(s): Ciudad de los Avancinos", "Ciudad del Gandul", "Ciudad de los Lagos", "Ciudad del Cooperativismo
Anthem: "A las orillas del Río Jacaguas"
Location of Villalba in Puerto Rico
Location of Villalba in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°07′38″N 66°29′32″W / 18.12722°N 66.49222°W / 18.12722; -66.49222Coordinates: 18°07′38″N 66°29′32″W / 18.12722°N 66.49222°W / 18.12722; -66.49222
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded 1917
Government
 • Mayor Hon. Waldemar Rivera Torres (PPD )
 • Senatorial dist. 6 - Guayama
Area
 • Total 37.69 sq mi (97.61 km2)
 • Land 37 sq mi (96 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 26,073
 • Density 690/sq mi (270/km2)
Demonym Villalbeños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00766

Villalba (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈʎalβa]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central region, northeast of Juana Díaz; south of Orocovis; and west of Coamo. Villalba is spread over 6 wards and Villalba Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the Ponce Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Villalba was founded in 1917 by José Ramón Figueroa y Rivera and Walter McJones.

Geography[edit]

  • Guayabal Lake
  • Toa Vaca Lake
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve

Cityscape[edit]

Barrios[edit]

  • Caonillas Abajo[1]
  • Caonillas Arriba
  • Hato Puerco Abajo
  • Hato Puerco Arriba
  • Vacas
  • Villalba Abajo
  • Villalba Arriba
  • Villalba Pueblo
  • Semil

Tourism[edit]

Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

  • Doña Juana Water Fall
  • Guayabal Lake
  • La Corona Hill
  • Toa Vaca Lake
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve

Economy[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

  • Coffee, Green Pigeon Peas.

Industry[edit]

  • Manufacturing of aluminum packaging and electrical and electronic machinery, nutritional products, medical devices, and others.

Culture[edit]

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Matron Celebrations - July
  • Puerto Rico Marathon - July
  • Areyto Festival - November
  • Carlos Báez Marathon - December

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. Waldemar Rivera Torres (of the Popular Democratic Party) has served as mayor since 2005.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VI, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Miguel Pereira Castillo and Angel M. Rodríguez were elected as District Senators.[2]

Symbols[edit]

Flag[edit]

Four horizontal, unequal stripes in width, that from top to bottom have the following order: green, white, green and yellow. In the immediate side to the flagstaff, in the superior stripe, appears, in white color, the star of the shield.

Education[edit]

  • Villalba School District (Puerto Rico Department of Education)
  • Puerto Rico Criminal Justice College- Villalba Campus (Puerto Rico Police Academy)

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